Paris, France Vacations
Hotels in Paris
Our Opinion of Paris
France is the most visited country on Earth. No wonder: it has it all! Indeed, this land abounds with beautiful valleys, sun-drenched coasts and imposing harbours. In the country's central and southern regions, majestic mountains tower towards the sky. Its colourful provinces have fiercely guarded an age-old heritage of artistic, culinary and wine-making traditions whose reputation goes far beyond the country's borders.
Paris, the capital of France, praised in song by Ã‰dith Piaf and immortalized in the writings of Victor Hugo, features incomparable historical treasures. It is the meeting place par excellence of poets, philosophers, painters, filmmakers, architects, famous chefs and designers. Indeed, the city's 12,000 cafÃ©s, including the renowned Procope, Deux Magots and Flore, are the daily hangout of both Parisians and visitors from all over the world.
Also known as The City of Lights, Paris has everything a traveller could possibly wish for. Three of the most famous landmarks in the world are here: the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. There are hundreds of museums in the city, including of course the Louvre, one of the most impressive and well known museums in the world. Every district has it own charm, particularities and lovely parks. Day trips outside the city are numerous, such as Fontainebleau, Versailles, or Chartres.
Things to know about Paris, France Vacations
Dining & Nightlife
The concept of restaurants began here about 220 years ago. Today you can find thousands of beautiful restaurants with well-planned menus offering traditional fare or a creative mix of French and exotic foreign cuisines.Even the budget conscious can find hundreds of traditional bistros offering a choice of fairly simple meals for reasonable prices. But one must research well and avoid tourist traps found near main attractions. For great food you must go eat where the locals eat.
Each of Paris' 20 arrondissements has its own fair share of bars, cafÃ©s, taverns, but there are a some areas where various aspects of nightlife are concentrated, like Bastille, Canal St Martin, Marais, Quartier Latin, Rue Mouffetard, ChÃ¢telet, Montmartre, and Saint Germain des PrÃ©s. The latter is home to two of the most famous cafÃ©s in the world: CafÃ© de Flore and Les Deux Magots. The adult cabarets Divan du Monde and Moulin Rouge, world-famous for its traditional French Can-Can, are both located in Pigalle, well known for being a touristic red-light district. Here is a short list of nightclubs in Paris well worth a visit: Folies Pigalle, Rex Club, Cabaret, Maison Blanche, and le Baron. Remember when going out to dress the part, the better you look the most likely you will get past the bouncers.
Paris is of course one of the great fashion Meccas of the world, making it a great place to do clothes shopping. For the high end, the area around Place Vendome is known for its jewellery shops. Rue de Rivoli from Louvre to Place de la Concorde has a number of sophisticated shops. And of course you shouldn't miss Gallerie Lafayette and Le Printemps. Le Marais is very nice and trendy too.
At the foot of Montparnasse Tower on Sundays is the Paris Art Market, an open-air gallery. Paris has 3 main flea-markets, located on the outskirts of the central city. The most famous of these is the MarchÃ© aux Puces de St-Ouen, in the 18th, a haven for lovers of antiques, second-hand goods and retro fashion. Also not to be missed are the many cheese shops, wine shops and perfume or cosmetic boutiques. The list of shopping destinations is long. The best advice is to go into the inspiring shops you come across as you walk in the city.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 7 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 9 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 10 hours.
Languages: French but most people in the tourist industry will speak English.
Climate: Paris is rather temperate and rarely sees extremely high or low temperatures. The average yearly high temperature is about 15Â° C and yearly low tend to remain around an average of 7Â° C.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens, although no visa is required. For other countries, please check the FrenchTourist Office to get a complete list and other details.
Notes: Tourist Office - The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.parisinfo.com) has several offices: les Pyramides, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Anvers, Porte de Versailles, Carrousel du Louvre, Montmartre.
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